April 2016

Front Entrance, pinks & purples

Front Entrance, pinks & purples

 Lifetime Learning Flower Garden, mulitcolours

Lifetime Learning Flower Garden, mulitcolours

 

 

 

 

April showers! …bring tulips!

 

Before, perfect for tilling in

Before, perfect for tilling in

 

 

 

The Fall Rye is ready to be tilled under. Ask any of our junior gardeners who did the tilling: What’s it good for?

-Erosion control during the rainy winter (survives through the winter).

-Is Allelopathic: prohibits other seeds/weeds from germiniating (including our spring crops…we should wait a couple of weeks of decomposition).

-Improves soil texture: the roots couteract compaction (improve drainage) and loosen the soil structure.

-‘Green Manure’, just like adding grass clippings to your compost pile, it adds nutrients to the soil. (Less smelly than traditional ‘manures’!)

-Feeds the beneficial microorganisms, which in turn help soil fertility, replacing nutrients consumed from the last crop.

-Cut rye can also be used like straw as a mulch..

After, wait 2 weeks before planting

After, wait 2 weeks before planting

 

 

 

 

The sage bush in the front bed looks rather scruffy. The Master gardener’s advice is to leave the pruning until spring time, rather than in the fall, to prevent die-back.
As well the foliage will provide winter interest.

Sage Shrub

Sage Shrub